Traffic islands' removal expected to boost trade in Brigg
BUSINESSES say the removal of controversial traffic islands along one of the longest streets in Brigg will bring a welcome boost to trade.
Work to remove the traffic islands on Glebe Road has now been completed and shop owners hope it will bring about an upturn in business.
They say the traffic islands had forced customers to park well away from their businesses.
And having questioned their installation five years ago, businesses now hope their removal will benefit trade.
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Adrian Blades, owner of Den's Fish and Chip shop, said: "It will hopefully lead to an upturn in business.
"By putting in the traffic islands and cycle lanes, they took away some of the on-street parking that took up about eight to 10 parking spaces.
"I welcome the council choosing to do this."
Mr Blades said the council had identified the route as a rat run – which is why the islands were first installed.
The four businesses at that end of Glebe Road – a hairdressers, a nursery, a car parts shop and Mr Blades' shop – had all felt the impact.
The nursery – Little Angels Children's Centre – also welcomed the change.
"We think it is a very positive move and is something we have been hoping would happen for a while now," a spokeswoman said. "With parents dropping off their children there is a lot of coming a going. Parking is very precious down this end of the road so more car parking is quite positive."
In a further sign that the plan backfired, residents say the traffic islands had restricted the availability of parking to their properties.
The traffic islands were installed as a traffic calming measure as Brigg Primary School – now situated on Atherton Way – used to be on Glebe Road.
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said speed cushions were being introduced on the road instead.
"The enhancements being made includes the removal of deflection islands, road surface improvements, installation of speed bumps and road markings being replaced."